Environmental managers need reliable information to formulate policies, assess the progress and achievement of environmental policy objectives and solve specific problems. An Environmental Information System (EIS) provides up-to-date, reliable and relevant information to decision makers.
The mandate and role of the NEA in environmental management requires that an efficient information management system be developed in house. Information should serve as a bridge between the Agency and institutions involved in environmental management and the general public. At NEA, the emphasis is placed on facilitating the exchange of different types of information rather than controlling information. Furthermore, with an efficient information delivery system, information provided to the user is guaranteed to be complete, concise, timely, relevant, accurate and consistent with other information systems.
The Documentation Centre maintains a collection of up-to-date relevant information
on the state of the environment, which can assist users in promoting activities leading to environmentally sound development. It provides planners, researchers, development specialists, teachers and students with the background information they require. It organises video shows for Greater Banjul schools (outreach shows are planned for rural schools) and individual data retrieval and reference services for its users.
The Environmental Information Centre (EIC) collects, organises and provides data integration methodologies and easy access to centralized data for decision makers and planners. The Environmental Information Centre promotes the wider use of Geographic Information System (GIS) including map digitization, aerial photo interpretation and the production of composite thematic maps.